@slipperywerm 1992, age 13: my school district considered switching to year-round school. Kids at my middle school staged a walkout and got the media to show up. We were threatened with suspension if we didn't go back inside. Plenty of us stayed outside and got suspended. And kept sitting there, talking to local reporters. And the world went on.

For whatever reason, the district didn't change the school year. I learned authorities can be made to blink.

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@slipperywerm It wasn't so much that the issue was dire. It's that I learned what "calling someone's bluff" meant. It was like learning magic.

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